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On the Indigenous People of the Amurskiy Region].
Imper. Akad. Nauk Skt. Peterburg 1899 1903 1883 - Three vols, quarto (32.5 x 25 cm). XII, 323 pp., with colour lith. map, 9 plates; XX, 314 pp. with 36 plates, incl. 11 in colour; XVII, 145 pp., with 25 plates, incl. 1 in colour, all plates engraved after Nikolay Dmitriev-Orenburgskiy. Contemporary green cloth over paper boards, original wrappers pasted on upper boards; slightly rubbed and spotted. Fresh example of this uncommon work containing an extensive research into ethnography of the indigenous peoples of the Eastern Siberia. Richly illustrated, it is the first work to look in detail at the ethnic composition of the Amur population and to scientifically describe the differences in the appearance, culture and language of the different peoples of the region. Leopold Schrenck (1826 - 1894), a geographer and ethnographer of Baltic German origin, was a member of the St. Petersburg Academy of Sciences (from 1865). In 1854 – 56 he headed a scientific expedition to Amur and Sakhalin. Materials collected during the trip became a basis for his several scientific works with the earliest one published in German under title Reisen und forschungen im Amur-Lande (in 4 vols, St.Petersburg, 1858-1900). The present Russian work is a truly unique record of the culture that started to disappear already at the time of Schrenck's expedition as a result of the Russians' active colonization in the region. Schrenck extensively supports his own observations and findings with the materials from earlier important researches, such as ones by Fischer, Müller and Georgi. Schrenck captures every social aspect of life of the Amur's peoples – language, costumes, culture, ways of hunting and trade, religious beliefs and customs, drawing comparisons between ?????? [Giliaki], ???? [Ainy], ??????? [Tungusy] and other peoples populating the region. Importantly, Schrenck also looks at the Chinese, Japanese and Russian influences on the region from the historical perspective. The third volume of the work covering religious beliefs and ceremonies was published after Schrenck's death based on his notes and drafts from the expedition. The Amurskiy region is situated in the South-West of Russia, sharing a border with China in the South. The region was part of China until 1858, when it was passed to the Russian Empire as a result of Aigunskiy agreement between the two countries. Rare on the market: we could not trace any copy offered at auction in the past 30 years. [Attributes: Soft Cover]
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